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Country: India. After writing the book, this high-ranking politician of the Hindu-revivalist Bharatiya Janata Party BJP created controversy both within his party and throughout India. During this period he began his five-year-long research that took shape in this book. The book was banned in Gujarat after it was initially published by Rupa Publishers. The book raises a question whether the partitioning of India in was inevitable and endeavors to explain the roles Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Mahatma Gandhi and Viceroy Mountbatten, just to name a few.

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Almost seven decades after he died, Pakistan's founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah continues to trigger controversies -- be it over praise by some BJP leaders or merely because of a portrait of him hanging on a university wall. The BJP is working overtime to put a lid on a row, which was ignited after its leader and Uttar Pradesh minister Swami Prasad Maurya called Jinnah a "great man" after some party leaders sought removal of his portrait from Aligarh Muslim Univeristy, but it is only a reminder of the bigger storms the Pakistan's founder has caused in the saffron party.

Jinnah, who became became the Governor-General of Pakistan after partition, died in September His praise of Jinnah in had cost L K Advani -- the longest serving BJP president -- his job as the party chief eventually and, many believe, it caused a permanent strain in his relations with the RSS from which he could never recover. The BJP stalwart's tall stature within the party and impeccable Hindutva credentials as the leader behind the Ram temple movement helped him weather the storm and remain a formidable force for several years.

There was no such comfort for party veteran Jaswant Singh, who was summarily expelled from the organisation in for his praise of Pakistan's founder. On a sentimental trip to Pakistan in June , Advani, who was born in Karachi in , had showered praise on Jinnah, calling him a great man and suggesting that he was a secular leader. In a visit to the Pakistan founder's mausoleum in Karachi, the then BJP president wrote, "There are many people who leave an inerasable stamp on history.

But there are very few who actually create history. Continuing with his encomium, he said, "His address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, , is a classic, a forceful espousal of a Secular State in which every citizen would be free to practise his own religion but the State shall make no distinction between one citizen and another on the grounds of faith.

My respectful homage to this great man. Still reeling from its shock defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP was convulsed from its president's praise of a man, who has been a hate figure for the Hindutva movement. The party tried to distance itself from his comments while its ideological mentor RSS publicly expressed its disagreement with Advani's statement. Taken aback, he declined to withdraw his statement but offered to resign immediately upon his return to India.

He continued for some months before Rajnath Singh replaced him in December Many believed at that time that Advani's lavish praise of Jinnah was driven by his desire to shun his Hindutva hardline image and project a soft and moderate image of him as a leader of a party keen to mend relations with Pakistan.

The ghost of Jinnah came back to haunt the BJP again when Jaswant Singh, a party veteran who held external affairs and finance portfolios in the Vajpayee government between , showed praise on the man blamed by most Indians for division of India in Gujarat had also banned the book for its critical reference to Sardar Patel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was then the state's chief minister. Singh, never a favourite of the party hardliners, was expelled from the party. Advani later played a key role in admitting him back into the party. BJP leaders believe that praise for Jinnah by leaders like Advani and Singh underlined their discomfort with the party's hardline image as they believed that it affected the party's adversely in elections. Is Anyone Listening? Cruel Homecoming! Outlook Web Bureau 04 May More from India.

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Jaswant Singh. Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence. New York: Oxford University Press, These relationships, and this era of nationalist politics, have been well covered before in synthetic works on modern Indian and South Asian history, research monographs, biographies, and popular histories. Singh surely appears to have treaded onto contentious ground with this study.

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First LK Advani, Then Jaswant Singh And Now AMU, How Ghost Of Jinnah Came Back To Haunt BJP

IN his controversial book Jinnah India — Parition — Independence, Jaswant Singh writes that, 'Jinnah was potentially kind, but in behaviour extremely cold and distant. Gandhi embodied compassion; Jinnah did not wish to touch the poor. Jaswant Singh's Jinnah appears like a small promontory in a sea of historical rehash and repetition. In the author's view Jinnah's outlook was all realpolitik, unsupported by any ideological content.

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Almost seven decades after he died, Pakistan's founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah continues to trigger controversies -- be it over praise by some BJP leaders or merely because of a portrait of him hanging on a university wall. The BJP is working overtime to put a lid on a row, which was ignited after its leader and Uttar Pradesh minister Swami Prasad Maurya called Jinnah a "great man" after some party leaders sought removal of his portrait from Aligarh Muslim Univeristy, but it is only a reminder of the bigger storms the Pakistan's founder has caused in the saffron party. Jinnah, who became became the Governor-General of Pakistan after partition, died in September His praise of Jinnah in had cost L K Advani -- the longest serving BJP president -- his job as the party chief eventually and, many believe, it caused a permanent strain in his relations with the RSS from which he could never recover. The BJP stalwart's tall stature within the party and impeccable Hindutva credentials as the leader behind the Ram temple movement helped him weather the storm and remain a formidable force for several years.

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